Pernille
Mathiesen

Residence
Holstebro, Denmark
Age
21
Nickname
Nils, Niller, Pips
Twitter
@PMathiesen_
Hobbies
Friends, family, baking
Favourite food
Chocolate and cakes
Favourite TV show
Friends
Favourite holiday destination
Denmark
Favourite race
World champs
Pernille Mathiesen

 

Double U23 European champion in time trial and road in 2017, Pernille is a star in the making. Quiet, caring and unassuming, the 21-year-old has proven herself to be a strong time-triallist, and also has a desire to hone her all-round racing skills amongst the best at Team Sunweb.

The 2016 Gracia Orlova stage winner said: “Joining this team last season was a huge step up for me, and they have everything I need to be a better rider. It’s about improving yourself all the time, and I really like that concept.

“The team has helped me a lot. It’s super motivating to be ready to race for them – not just for me, but to help my team too. Of course there are bad days, but I really love to ride my bike. That’s for sure.”

But cycling wasn’t in her plans growing up, both swimming and playing handball. Her two older brothers started riding, and it was the most convenient option for her parents if Pernille also took up the sport.

“Every weekend my whole family was away racing and it was easiest for me to join in. I was eight years old then and started doing it for fun. Soon, I really loved the sport and felt this was what I wanted to do. I love racing, to win, and to achieve your goals. That is the best feeling when you’ve been working so hard.”

The Spring Classics are a big target for the young Dane, as is working on her long term development, such as positioning in the peloton.

Results

2018
1 Team Time Trial Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta
2 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
2 ITT National Championships Denmark WE
3 TTT World Championships WE
3 Prologue BeNe Ladies Tour
2017
1 Road Race European Continental Championships WU23
1 ITT European Continental Championships WU23
2 ITT National Championships Denmark WE
2 Youth Classification Boels Rental Ladies Tour
4 Road Race National Championships Denmark WE
2016
1 Stage 4 Gracia Orlova
4 ITT National Championships Denmark WE
5 Road Race National Championships Denmark WE
6 Youth Classification Energiewacht Tour
9 Team Time Trial Energiewacht Tour